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Norway

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Find here the most recent analysis and data by country. A selection of key documents and graphs are shown about topics such as broadband, internet activity and skills, egovernment, ICT in schools, research and innovation, as well as other main indicators.
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1. Connectivity

 NorwayEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
1a1 Fixed BB Coverage
% households
97%
(2013)
 -97%
(2013)
-97%
(2013)
1a2 Fixed BB Take-up
% households
80%
(2014)
 -81%
(2013)
-70%
(2014)
1b1 Mobile BB Take-up
Subscribers per 100 people
102
(2014)
 -n.a.-67
(2014)
1b2 Spectrum
% of the target for spectrum to be harmonised at EU level
n.a. -n.a.--
1c1 NGA Coverage
% households, out of all households
75%
(2013)
 -75%
(2013)
-62%
(2013)
1c2 Subscriptions to Fast BB
% of subscriptions >= 30Mbps, out of fixed BB subscriptions
n.a. -n.a.-22%
(2014)
1d1 Fixed BB Price
% individual gross income spent for the cheapest standalone Fixed Broadband subscription (lower values are better)
1.4%
(2014)
 -1.5%
(2013)
-1.3%
(2014)

 

Fixed broadband is available to 97% of homes (the same as in the EU). Networks capable of providing at least 30 Mbps are available to three quarters of homes (against 62% in the EU). Fixed broadband take-up is high. The relative cost of a broadband connection has decreased compared to the previous year.

2. Human Capital

 NorwayEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
2a1 Internet Users
% individuals (aged 16-74)
95%
(2014)
 -93%
(2013)
-75%
(2014)
2a2 Basic Digital Skills
% individuals (aged 16-74)
82%
(2014)
 -83%
(2012)
-59%
(2014)
2b1 ICT Specialists
% employed individuals
n.a. -n.a.-2.8%
(2013)
2b2 STEM Graduates
Graduates in STEM per 1000 individuals (aged 20 to 29)
11
(2012)
 -11
(2012)
-17
(2012)

 

Overall, 95% of the people use the internet and 82% of them have the digital skills that allow them to partake in the possibilities offered by the internet and to benefit from the opportunities offered by a digital society and economy.

3. Use of Internet

 NorwayEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
3a1 News
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
92%
(2014)
 -91%
(2013)
-67%
(2014)
3a2 Music, Videos and Games
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
56%
(2014)
 -57%
(2012)
-49%
(2014)
3a3 Video on Demand
% households that have a TV
63%
(2013)
 -63%
(2013)
-39%
(2013)
3a4 IPTV
% households that have a TV
14.4%
(2013)
 -14.4%
(2013)
-13%
(2013)
3b1 Video Calls
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
45%
(2014)
 -38%
(2013)
-37%
(2014)
3b2 Social Networks
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
73%
(2014)
 -71%
(2013)
-58%
(2014)
3c1 Banking
% individuals who used Internet in the last 3 months (aged 16-74)
93%
(2014)
 -91%
(2013)
-57%
(2014)
3c2 Shopping
% individuals who used Internet in the last year (aged 16-74)
79%
(2014)
 -76%
(2013)
-63%
(2014)

 

A digital economy is partly fuelled by its citizens’ consumption in the online channel and Norwegian Internet users engage in a broad range of online activities. They read news online (92%), listen to music, watch films and play games online (56%), use the Internet to communicate via video calls (45%) or through social networks (73%), and obtain video content using their broadband connections (mostly though Video on Demand – 63%). For all of these activities, engagement among Norwegians is higher than overall in the EU.

4. Integration of Digital Technology

 NorwayEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
4a1 Electronic Information Sharing
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
34%
(2014)
 -25%
(2013)
-31%
(2014)
4a2 RFID
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
2.6%
(2014)
 -1.1%
(2011)
-3.8%
(2014)
4a3 Social Media
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
17%
(2014)
 -15%
(2013)
-14%
(2014)
4a4 eInvoices
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
21%
(2014)
 -17%
(2013)
-11%
(2014)
4a5 Cloud
% enterprises (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
21%
(2014)
 -n.a.-11%
(2014)
4b1 SMEs Selling Online
% SMEs (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
25%
(2014)
 -25%
(2013)
-15%
(2014)
4b2 eCommerce Turnover
% turnover of SMEs (no financial sector, 10-249 employees)
16%
(2014)
 -12%
(2013)
-8.8%
(2014)
4b3 Selling Online Cross-border
% SMEs (no financial sector, 10+ employees)
5.7%
(2013)
 -5.7%
(2013)
-6.5%
(2013)

 

A true digital economy is one where businesses take full advantage of the possibilities and benefits offered by digital technologies, to improve their efficiency and productivity, as well as to reach costumers and realise sales. Businesses are performing very well in this area. They adopt cloud computing, sell online and use electronic invoicing.

5. Digital Public Services

 NorwayEU
DESI 2015DESI 2014DESI 2015
valuerankvaluerankvalue
5a1 eGovernment Users
% individuals returning filled forms, out of Internet users in the last year (aged 16-74)
58%
(2014)
 -52%
(2013)
-33%
(2014)
5a2 Pre-filled Forms
Score (0 to 100)
77
(2014)
 -75
(2013)
-45
(2014)
5a3 Online Service Completion
Score (0 to 100)
83
(2014)
 -78
(2013)
-75
(2014)
5a4 Open Data
Score (0 to 700)
n.a. -n.a.-380
(2014)
5b1 Medical Data Exchange
% General Practitioners
66%
(2013)
 -66%
(2013)
-36%
(2013)
5b2 ePrescription
% General Practitioners
86%
(2013)
 -86%
(2013)
-27%
(2013)

 

Modern public services offered online in an efficient manner are a vehicle for reduction of public administration expenditure as well as for efficiency gains for both enterprises and citizens. Its indicator scores[1] illustrate that Norway is performing very well when compared to the EU. 

The efficiency and degree of service offered by health systems is greatly improved through digitisation and Norway is taking advantage of it. 86% of general practitioners digitally transfer prescriptions to pharmacists and two thirds (66%) use electronic networks to exchange medical data with other health care providers and professionals


[1] 77/100 in the Pre-filled Forms indicator (measuring the extent to which data that is already known to the public administration is pre-filled in the forms that are presented to the user), and of 83/100 in the Online Service Completion indicator (measuring the extent to which the various steps in an interaction with the public administration – life event – can be performed completely online).

 

Figures from 2013

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Last updated on 06/03/2015